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Upstate Bee Sanctuary the First of Its Kind

July 3rd, 2015

Upstate Bee Sanctuary the First of Its Kind

A veterinarian and entrepreneur in upstate New York has visions of millions of bees, living safely and doing what they do best, pollinating.

In response to the critical need for bee habitat and all-around support, one man has decided a nature sanctuary is ideal for this endangered friend to mankind.  Without bees, about 90 food crops would cease to exist.  And given the rapid decline in honeybees in the past decade, this nightmare could become a reality.

Guillaume Gauthereau, a part-time beekeeper himself, has envisioned a refuge that would provide much needed habitat.  His plan calls for a 50 to 100-care safe zone to be created within the next year.  Gauthereau’s goal is to place 40,000 to 50,000 beehives on the land, making it a paradise for a few million honeybees.

He also hopes to build a research center on the land, bringing together experts to work on solutions to the species decline and providing public access to educate interested parties – from schoolchildren to farmers to urbanites – about these pollinators.

“As far as I know, there is nothing like this for bees anywhere in the U.S.,” he said. “It will be a place where bees will have safe shelter, food and clean water.”

 

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